16th April 2015 | IGT Challenge Tour
Davidse drives to victory at Metropolitan
The De Zalze golfer had to overcome a double bogey start in the final round, but he ignited with half-a-dozen birdies that carried him to a four-under-par 66 and a three stroke victory on 10-under-par 200.
Cape Town’s Jason Diab closed with a superb six under 64 to grab a share of second on 203 with overnight leader JP Strydom, who returned an even-par 70.
Andrew Light from George matched the champion’s final round 66 to tie for fourth with Ian Snyman (69), one of the top ranked amateurs in Western Province.
Davidse was thrilled to pocket the first winner’s cheque worth R12,000 ahead back-to-back Sunshine Tour events in Zambia this month.
“This is going to come in very, very handy when we get to Zambia,” the delighted champion said.
The pro started the 2015 Sunshine Tour season with a solid performance in the Dimension Data Pro-Am, but a lower back injury and a cracked thumb derailed his summer swing.
Eager to get back into action after a five week layoff, the pocket-sized pro decided to test his game over 54 holes at the launch of the Cape section of the country’s premier development Tour.
The Metropolitan Classic provided the perfect platform for a test run.
“It’s been incredibly sweet,” Davidse said. “It’s been a while since I enjoyed a victory and this one comes just at the right time.
“I think I speak for all the professionals and amateur that teed it up this week in congratulating Thomas Lovett and Glenn Hurter and The House of Machines for bringing bring the IGT Tour to Cape Town and for putting on a superb event.
Davidse said he treated the Metropolitan Classic as he did any Sunshine Tour or European Tour co-sanctioned event.
“This might not be a big Tour or championship, but a win a win; you still have to play your best golf for 54 holes to beat out the opposition to finish line,” he said.
“I still had to fight to get into the lead and I felt the pressure the same as in any other event, but I build some confidence after the long break. I really enjoyed the competitive vibe and it was great having Jason (Diab) and JP (Strydom) breathing down my neck coming down the home stretch.
“I’m still a little rusty and I left some shots out there, but it’s fantastic to go home with a trophy and to make everyone who supports me proud. I want to thank everyone at Titleist, Swagg and De Zalze Golf Estate and especially my family and friends, who always stay supportive. Hopefully I can carry this form to some more success on Sunshine Tour in the near future.”
FINAL RESULT (top 10)
200 Keenan Davidse 65 69 66
203 Jason Diab 70 69 64; Jean-Paul Strydom 66 67 70
204 Andrew Light 70 68 66; Ian Snyman (AMA) 68 67 69
205 Adrian Ford 65 72 68
207 Matthew Kent 66 76 65
210 Joubert Van Eeden (AMA) 69 71 70
211 Paul Colditz (AMA) 72 72 67; Philip Esau (AMA) 67 72 72